Dads Who Are Struggling Like The Rest Of Us

Fathers try their hardest to make sure they’re up to the challenge of fatherhood. Sometimes, though, all of that effort falls flat, and things get a bit interesting.

Dads might try and carry that bravado all day, but they have moments of vulnerability. Take a look at these images and see exactly what that means.

Dad Forgot He Was The Catcher

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Photo Credit: @mark__west_ / Instagram
Photo Credit: @mark__west_ / Instagram

This generous and thoughtful father built his daughter a sand slide. He was supposed to be the catcher, but it looks like he forgot, and now his little girl looks like she just came out on the losing end of a trust fall.

“I Got Most Of It On That Cookie Sheet”

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Photo Credit: Instagram

The kids wanted some pizza for dinner, so this dad did what he always does, and tossed one in the oven. He didn’t know this brand needed a pan underneath the pizza.

Wanted A Unicorn For The Kids

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Photo Credit: @dir._david_rountree / Instagram
Photo Credit: @dir._david_rountree / Instagram

All this dad wanted to do was make a creative breakfast for his children in a unicorn form. It came out looking like a demon more than anything, but they still probably ate it.

Whoops!

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Photo Credit: WakaFlockhart / Reddit
Photo Credit: WakaFlockhart / Reddit

When taking family pictures goes wrong, it’s usually going to be the dad’s fault. His face says it all as he stands there with his mouth wide open. His wife probably laughed it off if their kid is okay.

At Least It Didn’t Hurt

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

At least the child didn’t get hurt when this took place. Those soft blocks are fun to fall on, but had they been in the jungle, this could have been a tragic story.

“My Little Brother’s Parenting Experience In A Nutshell”

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Photo Credit: couchsittingbum / Reddit

This dad is in a full suit, but his child is his birthday suit (almost). The look he has says he’s trying hard to escape his dad, but his father isn’t playing around.

A Little Lick Never Hurt

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Photo Credit: Executive Cooling & Heating / Pinterest

This dad wanted to enjoy his burger with the baby strapped to his chest. Some ketchup spilled, so he did what thought was best in the situation. Can you blame him?

He Had A Long Day

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Sometimes, you have to pass out with the baby and take his sleeping area. It’s okay, your wife will come in and wake you up eventually. Enjoy your time in there.

Another One Bites The Dust

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Photo Credit: gmlgp9868 / Imgur

The floor is sometimes the best place to sleep when you’re exhausted. This dad figured that out after it took him too long to put his daughter to bed that night.

The Kid Wanted To Ride It

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Photo Credit: noellemaki / Reddit

Deciding what’s good for your child and what isn’t can be a big challenge for any dad. Well, apparently, letting them ride elephants is bad for them. This kid will always remember this.

We Can’t Save Them All

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Photo Credit: Awkward Family Photos / Pinterest

We can’t save them all, but we can give attention to one at a time. That’s exactly what this dad thought when he saw this photo for the first time.

“Dad Dressed Her For The Pool”

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Photo Credit: YouTube

Well, it isn’t the worst pool outfit for a little girl, but it isn’t far from it. Is that a DIY helmet and suspenders? Since when did kids need suspenders for the pool?

Oops, Almost!

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Photo Credit: h1lleard / Reddit

If this dad wanted to show his son how to complete a header while playing soccer, he’s on the right track. If this has nothing to do with that, then I’m sorry for the child.

All He Wanted Was A Chicken Pot Pie

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Photo Credit: @personslawyer / Instagram
Photo Credit: @personslawyer / Instagram

Cooking isn’t for everyone, and this dad found out firsthand. His chicken pot pie burst into flames, and all he had left was a look of sorrow and a fire in his hands.

Too Much On The Toss

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Photo Credit: texasfitmama / Reddit

Thanks to this dad’s toss, this kid might develop a fear of water. The moment he belly flops into that water, he’ll feel a pain that he hasn’t felt before.

When Dad Takes Out Her Hair Tie…

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Photo Credit: @dimsumdada / Instagram
Photo Credit: @dimsumdada / Instagram

Let this serve as a reminder that girls should think twice before asking their dad to take out their hair tie. It looks like he took out a little more than needed.

There’s No Telling Why She’s On The Ground

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Photo Credit: @muddy.mummy.life / Instagram

Unless you’re the wife to this man, you will never know why his daughter is on the floor like that. Is it because she’s fed up with her dad trying to be funny?

Two Crepes: One Made By Dad, The Other By His Son

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Photo Credit: @jamesglover78 / Instagram
Photo Credit: @jamesglover78 / Instagram

I’m sure you can guess which pancake the dad made. He said it was his first attempt at making one. Meanwhile, his 11-year-old son made the perfect one on the right.

When You Leave The Food On The Grill Too Long

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Photo Credit: @merchant_mafia / Instagram

This dad loses his permission to grill for the next six months. Leaving the meat to burn like this is unforgivable because now, everyone has to wait even longer for the food.

Too Much To Sip

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Photo Credit: @kristinsday / Instagram

It was a nine-hour flight, and this dad thought he had it all under control. Well, it looks like he gave his child a premature bath on the plane before they landed.

Swollen Diaper For You

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Photo Credit: @elemental_aquatics / Instagram
Photo Credit: @elemental_aquatics / Instagram

You can’t forget to put on the swimming diaper when it’s time for the pool. If you do, you’ll have a swollen diaper like this little baby has. Wives won’t like it.

This Has Dad Written All Over It

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Photo Credit: @cmon.mama / Instagram
Photo Credit: @cmon.mama / Instagram

This tendency begins in a man when he’s only a boy. Loosely attaching the clip so that you can have easy access to it is a move for children, not dads.

Never Use A Microwave To Dry Laundry

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Photo Credit: @timoconnorgram / Instagram
Photo Credit: @timoconnorgram / Instagram

It was his son’s first day of school and he made a mess on his shirt. In a hurry, dad washed it and tried to dry it in the microwave. The rest is history.

Dad Thought He Could Kill A Fly On His Daughter’s Phone

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Photo Credit: @richellegarner / Instagram

I’m trying to figure out if this dad used his fist to punch the fly, or if he used the phone itself as a fly swatter. That’s a massive crack that he’ll probably fix with his money.

“And Tigger?”

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Photo Credit: @ColdHeart_Prj / Twitter

This is the most complex back and forth between a child and their dad I’ve ever read. What exactly did this man say to have his son still bring up Tigger?

“When Dad Puts Too Much Air In The Ball Before A Game”

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Photo Credit: @mr.keithbecker / Instagram

Making a basketball explode from too much air is pretty tough to do. There comes a point when the ball looks like a diamond, and that’s when you know you shouldn’t pump anymore.

He Dropped A Pack Of Sparkling Water On The Cake

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Photo Credit: @jasonmcfadyen / Instagram
Photo Credit: @jasonmcfadyen / Instagram

He was only trying to help, but he ended up making things worse. This dad dropped a 12-pack of LaCroix on his child’s birthday cake and somehow managed to salvage it.

Wife Told Him To Make A Cake With The Boys

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Photo Credit: @amit.khardori / Instagram

Now, I don’t know what kind of cake this is or what that thing in the middle is, but this isn’t a cake I’d eat. Better luck next time, Dad.

Putting Your Child In Tight Situations

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Photo Credit: @confessions_of_a_clueless_dad / Instagram

This dad took his child for a walk at Cannizaro Park, but things got interesting. As he was walking, he took his child down a narrow pathway. There’s no turning back now…literally.

Don’t Tell Him How To Live

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

This dad is a cop who doesn’t give a care about his son stabbing people. I don’t know if that’s a representation of the state of America or a mistake in parenting.

Start With Something More Simple Next Time

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Photo Credit: Instagram / @bigteamcaptain

When it comes to doing your daughter’s hair, dads need to quickly learn that simple is better. Stick to ponytails, maybe even braids if you’re feeling flashy, but stay away from the curlers.

Slipping Through His Fingers All The Time

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Photo Credit: Instagram / @meganjbehrends

There was clearly an adult waiting to catch this boy at the bottom of the slide, but mom also managed to secure photographic evidence of her husband dropping their son down the slide by accident.

Maybe Mom Won’t Notice?

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Photo Credit: Instagram / @robpalmerdiy

Let’s place our bets now: how quickly do you think mom is going to notice that their four-year-old cut a chunk of her hair off? I’d say within 5 minutes of walking in the door.

Why Is Olaf Blue?

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Photo credit: Instagram / @jwinner19762019

Its been a while since our kids forced us to watch Frozen, but as far as we remember Olaf is not blue in the movie, so I’m not sure why this pancake creature is. Nothing else about him looks like Olaf though either.

Kids Take All Your Energy From You

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Photo Credit: Imgur / gmlgp9868

You might as well just leave your husband to sleep there so he can be ready when your daughter inevitably wakes up two hours from now to claim she’s dying of thirst.

Dads Have To Eat Too

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Photo Credit: Reddit

This dad isn’t a complete savage—he knows that he can’t sit there eating and risk dropping his burrito all over his baby’s head, so he did what he had to do.

Blame The Kids And Move On

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Photo Credit: Instagram / @action_shannon

This dad was clearly overpowered by the four kids in the bathtub and forced into using too much bubble bath. Or at least that’s what he can tell his wife as an excuse when she comes in to see the mess he created.

In Hindsight That Was A Bad Idea

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Photo Credit: Instagram / @srhupp

Of all the things to hand to your child to keep him entertained on a long car ride, a bottle of baby powder was probably not your best option… At least he’ll smell fresh and clean.

That’s Not The Kind Of Bun She Meant

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Photo Credit: Imgur

Maybe this new hairstyle will help her to become the trendsetter in her class. She keeps her hair out of her face, plus she has easy access to a snack if she gets hungry!

The Odds Are Stacked Against Him

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Photo Credit: Twitter / @alttuya
Photo Credit: Twitter / @alttuya

As much as you love your child, babies can be boring. They don’t do a whole lot, yet you need to constantly supervise them, so this dad had to keep himself entertained somehow.